Project 2010 – Start Now

There’s a lot of buzz about Project 2010 because it includes some great features that improve ease of use and extend web-based capabilities. There are some good reasons to start planning your migration strategy now. Project Server 2003 users in particular, can realize substantial savings by first migrating to Project Server 2007. For example, customers that buy 2007 licenses with Subscription Advantage now will not need to purchase SharePoint Server (MOSS) licenses when they later move to 2010 (which requires MOSS).

In migrating from Project Server 2003 to 2007, it is best to test and tune the migrated 2007 environment on separate servers before moving off of 2003 production. Many customers use hosting for this. They keep their onsite 2003 environment going while testing a hosted, migrated 2007 environment. When the new environment is ready, they redirect their users to the hosted environment. So the changeover is instantaneous with minimal disruption to end users.

Our customers tell us that hosting made a huge difference in the speed and simplicity of their migration – days instead of months. They like the fact that our staff has done scores of previous migrations, so they know the best practices. And they like the fact that with our month-to-month contracts, they can start with an onsite deployment, use hosting for migration, then return to an onsite environment at any time.

If you’re using Project, it’s time to plan your next move. And, if you’re not using Project Server, check it out here (you can try it for free ).

Other interesting links:
A guide for 2003 to 2007 migration

An invitation to participate in the 2010 Airlift at the 2009 Project Conference in September

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